Anonymous asked: What does Conservativism mean to you?
Hey, anon. Thanks for the question, and for waiting so long for an answer. I’ve been trying to answer this question myself for much longer, believe me.
This summer I got a really good education in the subject while working at The American Conservative. (Yesterday was my last day there.) The people at TAC helped me scrape out the cobwebs around a school of thought I respect a lot more now than I used to. Conservatism once was a euphemism for an American party line to me. Now I understand it to be a worldview and a self-conception based largely in values that I share, but oriented toward ends I do not.
Excellent post by Catherine, I used to consider myself Libertarian but their insistence that each man is an island unto himself really didn’t jive with me and so I had to give that up and learn that I am not wholly compatible with any one political system because they will all soon pass away.